Reds' Tony Cingrani leaves start with back spasms

By Dayn Perry | Baseball Writer

Tony Cingrani's Tuesday start didn't last long.  (USATSI)
Tony Cingrani's Tuesday start didn't last long. (USATSI)

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Reds lefty Tony Cingrani was removed from his start against the Cubs on Tuesday night because of what the team says is a case of back spasms.

In the second inning, Cingrani was checked out by trainers and then pulled from the game after just 37 total pitches. He was replaced by Greg Reynolds.

This season, the 24-year-old has been quite effective: 2.80 ERA (140 ERA+), 1.08 WHIP and a 2.83 K/BB ratio in 22 games, 17 of which have been starts.

Earlier this season, Cingrani dealt with minor shoulder soreness and then spent time on the DL with tightness in his lower back. It's of course possible that Tuesday night's injury is related to that DL stint, which just ended on Sept. 5.

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